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Indians looking to finish the job in 2017

There's no such thing as a perfect team, but the Indians might be as close as anyone gets in the American League in 2017. Now, it's about doing it.
Via Indians.com
3 hours ago

Kipnis scratched with mild shoulder strain

Jason Kipnis tried to play the villain against his hometown Cubs in the World Series last fall. If the Indians' second baseman is going to do so again this year, it will have to come a little later in the schedule as he was scratched from Sunday's lineup for Cleveland's Cactus League clash with Chicago due to a mild rotator cuff strain.
Via Indians.com
5 hours ago

Indians 2B Kipnis sidelined by rotator cuff injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a strained rotator cuff and will stop throwing for a couple days. Kipnis got a cortisone shot on Saturday, and manager Terry Francona says he should be ''raring to go'' when he resumes throwing. The 29-year-old Kipnis hit .275 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs last season, helping Cleveland to the AL Central title...
Via Associated Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jason Kipnis sidelined 4-5 days following cortisone shot in shoulder

He’ll be “raring to go” after that, according to Terry Francona. The Cleveland Indians will be without their star second baseman for a handful of spring training games. Jason Kipnis received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder to help with a strained rotator cuff, according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, and now he’s going to sit for the better part of a week while it...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Host of Spring Invites Looking to be Tribe’s Next Winter Find

Over the last couple of years, the Cleveland Indians have done well in finding veteran free agents no one else wanted and watching them become diamonds in the rough, so to speak. Dan Otero last year and Jeff Manship in 2015 were both free agent relievers the Tribe was able to bring to spring training on minor league contracts. Both had histories of past success but were trying...

Ryan Merritt starts Indians spring training opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Having made one major league start, Ryan Merritt was summoned from the instructional league in Arizona last October and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Toronto to help Cleveland close out the AL Championship Series. Four days after his 25th birthday, the left-hander was back on the mound and started the Indians' spring training opener, an 8-2 victory...
Via Associated Press
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians win first spring training game of 2017

The world feels nice again. Reds 2, Indians 8 Box Score -- The Cleveland Indians played a real baseball game today and no one got hurt. That itself is reason enough to celebrate; as an added bonus, they decided to go out and win in decisive fashion by a score of 8-2. The starting 9 today consisted of a handful of players who will probably be everyday players for the Tribe...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Merritt gets the first start for the Cleveland Indians in Spring Training

OMG BASEBALL IS BACK WOOHOO!!!! Cincinnati Reds @ Cleveland Indians Saturday, February 25, 2017. 3:05 PM EST, Goodyear Ballpark TV: STO Radio: WTAM -- The offseason for the Cleveland Indians was a little shorter than usual thanks to a long playoff run that took them to Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Thanks to the events of that game, the offseason felt much longer than...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37 – Cody Allen

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 37 Cody Allen is the closer of the Cleveland Indians. It is a nod that is deserved and should come without mention, but the mere presence of All-Star left-hander Andrew Miller forced manager Terry Francona to be clear with the media on his bullpen expectations for the coming 2017 season...

Spring Fever in Cleveland Squelched by Cold Front Before First Spring Game

For northeast Ohioans, temperatures far above normal for late February have given Cleveland Indians fans a case of spring fever, as people flocked outdoors to enjoy the unpredictable weather of the region while dreaming of their return to Progressive Field to cheer on their defending American League champion ball club. The timing for the temperature spike seemed almost perfect, as...

Indians Brantley takes full swings in latest comeback

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) CleveIand Indians outfielder Michael Brantley took regular batting practice for the first time in training camp this year, a significant step in his latest comeback from a shoulder injury. Brantley took 120 swings in an outdoor batting cage Friday as several Cleveland coaches and medical director Lonnie Soloff watched intently. Brantley had been limited to...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona admits health may impact how long he’ll manage

Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona recently admitted health issues may cut short his managerial career.Francona obviously has enjoyed a sterling career over 17 seasons managing the Indians, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. But he also has experienced his fair share of health issues.As noted by Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra, chest pains and an elevated heart rate...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Cleveland Indians improved in the offseason

In the aftermath of a historic 2016 season, where the Cleveland Indians came within one game of being crowned World Series champions, things are still looking up. To even suggest that things will get better in 2017 says a great deal considering the level of success reached in the preceding season, but one look at the Tribe’s off-season will convince any skeptic. Much of what the...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona keeping Cody Allen as Cleveland closer, Andrew Miller in setup role

Andrew Miller may be the Cleveland Indians’ best reliever, but he won’t be closing games for them to start 2017.Manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Cody Allen remains the team’s closer, with Miller and Bryan Shaw serving as the bridge to get leads to the 9th inning. At first glance, this looks odd, but the Indians have great bullpen depth and are taking full advantage...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Indians have interest in Chase Utley

The Cleveland Indians have been busy in free agency, but they may not be finished yet.According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians are “intrigued” by free agent second baseman Chase Utley. FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports the same. However, Cleveland already has a second baseman in Jason Kipnis, so Utley would likely have to accept a utility role. In addition, there may...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Napoli to sign one-year deal with Rangers

Multiple reports state Mike Napoli will re-sign with the Texas Rangers on a one-year deal.According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 35-year-old could be returning to the Rangers for a third time.According to Wilson, two of his sources say the deal has been agreed upon. Two more of his sources tell him that “talks are progressing but it’s too early to say...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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